Indie Passion Arts & Festival is a film forum in Miami with an international reach that recognizes the power of storytelling for social impact. Our mission is to support the education and creative development of local and Ibero-American filmmakers by providing access to training, networking, and mentorship opportunities. We celebrate Latin America, Spain, and Portugal films with a high level of artistry and communicate meaningful and powerful stories celebrating the human spirit and our cultures.
We are the community we serve. Our target audience is high school youth in Miami’s underserved Latinx neighborhoods that include Little Havana, El Portal, among others, focusing on economic need and may include Title 1 schools. Our outreach to prospective youth filmmakers includes tapping into our network in the arts and media departments at schools and community organizations in respective neighborhoods.
Although the Latino population in the U.S. grew more than 43 percent between 2000 and 2013, to 17 percent of the total U.S. population, participation behind or in front of the camera stayed stagnant or grew only slightly, often proportionally declining. Even when Latinos are visible, they tend to be portrayed through centuries-old stereotypes, either hypersexualized, as comic relief, and/or cheap labor.
“Latinos are constantly portrayed with a broad brush—and the picture displayed is extremely limited,” said actor Esai Morales, NHFA co-founder and co-star on CBS's Criminal Minds. “I call it the four H’s of Hollywood—Latinos are either cast as overly hormonal, overly hysterical, overly hostile or overly humble. Far too often, we’re supposed to be the spice on the side, rather than a central figure, a hero or leader. And that needs to change.”
“The scale of Latino media exclusion is stunning,” added Negrón-Muntaner. “Just imagine that any references to the entire state of California (38 million people) and Illinois (12.8 million), or the combined states of New York, Florida and Pennsylvania (49.8 million), were eliminated from our media culture. That would be deeply troubling, and so is this.”
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